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Sherwood worker thanks those who saved his life in April

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - John Maximovich is reunited with the firefighters and medical personnel who helped save his life following a heart attack he suffered while At 56 years old, John Maximovich was in reasonably good health. However on Jan. 2, his heart was not. Maximovich, a Woodburn resident, went to work as he did every other day. He headed to Sherwood to his job at Treske Machining. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary for Maximovich other than he wasn’t quite feeling himself that day.

While leaving work, Maximovich began to experience chest pain and collapsed. His co-workers called 911— the first step in saving his life. Both Metro West and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue arrived within minutes, finding his heart in an unstable rhythm. Medics provided advanced life support using the latest in emergency services technology and notified Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center to activate the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. Due to the immediate care by emergency crews and the information transmitted from the field to the hospital, Maximovich was stabilized quickly after experiencing chest pain.

“I remember not feeling well as I walked out to the car. The next thing I knew I was on the ground,” Maximovich said. “I don’t remember much after that, but since I’ve been out of the hospital, I’ve lost weight and my mind is clearer. I am also the No. 1 performer at my job.”

On April 17, Maximovich and his wife, Carolyn, were given the opportunity to reunite with emergency services at Legacy Meridian Park to thank all those involved in saving his life. Metro West ambulance crew, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters, 911 dispatch and Legacy staff were a part of the reunion to recognize the collaboration between emergency services and the hospital.

Since his heart attack, Maximovich has made significant life changes. He is now eating a heart healthy diet by incorporating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out fried foods and soda. He also is walking four miles a day by taking a break on his lunch hour and walking after work. This commitment has helped him lose more than 30 pounds.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American men and women, but despite its prevalence many do not understand how to recognize and respond to the wide range of signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Classic chest pain may be felt as a pressure, an ache, tightness, indigestion or heartburn. Chest pain might be present in either side of the chest or in the upper back and can spread to the neck, jaw, shoulders and arms.

Lack of recognition of heart attack signs can cause dangerous delays in seeking medical care. Both men and women need immediate medical attention if they suspect they are having a heart attack. Calling 911 is the fastest and safest way to start care.



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